In April, Viva Salud, KIYO and Solidagro brought together their partner organizations from Morocco, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, DR Congo and Burundi in Senegal for an exchange on the strategy and good experiences of each in the defence of the rights of all.
In April, together with the NGOs Solidagro and KIYO, we organized a partner meeting in Manila for an evaluation of a common programme. We also took the opportunity to invite three representatives from our Palestinian partners. This resulted in surprising discoveries, fascinating encounters and warm solidarity.
Representatives of the Philippine government – and especially the military – have launched accusations recently against different social organizations, including some of Viva Salud's partners. Allegedly, human rights organizations, women's organizations and other civil society groups would be mere front organizations for 'terrorist' groups. According to some reports in the Philippine media, the Philippines has requested Belgium to stop funding these organizations through Belgian NGOs like Viva Salud.